5 Campfire Hot Drinks to Warm You Up in the Winter Backcountry

5 Campfire Hot Drinks to Warm You Up in the Winter Backcountry

5 Campfire Hot Drinks to Warm You Up in the Winter Backcountry


Winter is still upon us and that chill outside is rather uncomfortable. Though the weather may be starting to heat up in some places, sometimes all those layers and blankets still aren’t enough. If you really want to stay cozy outdoors, that you’ll need something that can truly warm up your bones throughout your body.

How do you that? With a hot drink, of course! Here are some delicious campfire hot drinks to warm you up this winter.

1. Matcha Green Tea Latte

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It may not be as popular on this side of the world as it is on the trails of Mt. Fuji, but that’s all the more reason to try it. After all, camping is all about trying new experiences, right? Though the name might sound fancy, these aren’t too hard to make. The powder is easy to find in any Asian supermarket. Bring some milk to heat up at the campfire, and mix it in with the powder. Add some vanilla syrup, and enjoy!

2. Milk and Honey

Sorry, adults! This is for the kids. A nice mug of milk and honey before going to sleep in the tent is perfect for a lot of reasons. One, it tastes good. (Duh!) Two, milk has a tendency to just put kids to sleep, which will be helpful when it’s a little chilly outdoors. Lastly, it’ll keep them warm throughout the night, which is the most important thing we need to look out for when it comes to our kids and winter backcountry adventures.

2. Hot Toddy

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While the kids are busy with their hot milk and honey, treat you and your camping buddies to a round of drinks with a nice glass of hot toddy. This is a hot whiskey drink that will keep everyone warm (and happy) while next to the campfire. You’ll need black tea bags, an ounce of whiskey, and a touch of lemon and honey. Heat up the water, add your tea bag, squeeze in the lemon and honey, and finally, add about a shot of whiskey. Then, say “Cheers!”

3. Chai Tea

No need to go to Starbucks for this when you can get it in the Great Outdoors! Campfire Chai Tea is even better out here than it is in civilization. Here’s how you make it. You’ll need:

  • 7 cups of water
  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 4 Darjeeling tea bags
  • A pinch of ground ginger
  • Honey
  • 1 cup of milk

Boil the water and then add chai tea bags and ginger. Next, drop in the Darjeeling tea bags and simmer for 5 minutes. Lastly, add the cup of milk (or to your liking), lift up your pinky, and drink up!

5. Nutella Hot Chocolate

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Ah…there’s nothing like hot chocolate or hot cocoa…whatever you prefer to call it. But, when you can add some Nutella to it, it’s even more delicious. Just make hot cocoa as your normally would. Then, add some marshmallows, hazelnuts, and a large scoop of Nutella. The good thing about hot cocoa is that it’s easy to bring a package of it along on any hike. But, if you’re going car camping, it shouldn’t be too hard to bring the other ingredients along, too.

hanalarock I'm Hana- a freelance travel writer and teacher who currently lives in South Korea. I'm originally from New York, but have spent the last two years traveling and living abroad. My first time hiking in the US was when I traveled around the country as a teenager. Though, my first adult backpacking trip was a year ago, when I hiked from Thailand down to Singapore for a month. I'm looking forward to many more adventures in the future. Visit my site for more information.